Mokhosi flees

Mokhosi flees

MASERU – THE Lesotho Congress for Democracy (LCD) deputy leader Tšeliso Mokhosi has fled the country again, less than a month after he returned from nearly a year in self-imposed exile.
Mokhosi skipped to South Africa a day after Deputy Commissioner of Police, Paseka Mokete, called him for questioning in connection with the murder of army commander Lieutenant General Maaparankoe Mahao.

Mokhosi’s phone went unanswered when contacted for comment last night.
His party however confirmed that he had fled.
The LCD spokesman, Teboho Sekata, said Mokhosi feared that the police were going to torture him like they did last year when he was arrested in connection with the murder of Police Constable Mokalekale Khetheng.

Sekata said both the party and Mokhosi were worried when DCP Mokete called Mokhosi to report to the police on Saturday last week.
“They suffocated him with plastics and hanged him. So, how would he report to the police just like that?”
Sekata said what surprised them was that Mokhosi was called to be questioned for a case that was already in the courts of law.

There are already suspects awaiting trial in prison for Lt Gen Mahao’s murder.

The suspects are former commander Lieutenant General Tlali Kamoli, Captain Litekanyo Nyakane, Captain Haleo Makara, Sergeant Lekhooa Moepi, Sergeant Motsamai Fako, Corporal Marasi ’Moleli, Corporal Motšoane Machai, Corporal Mohlalefi Seitlheko and Corporal Tšitso Ramoholi.

“The issue of being called by police will stop our leader from participating in the matters that affect the nation,” Sekata said.

The LCD’s other concern is that the government, represented by the Deputy Prime Minister Monyane Moleleki, and the leader of opposition Mathibeli Mokhothu signed an agreement that said the LCD leader Mothetjoa Metsing and those who were in exile with him would not be arrested or prosecuted pending the completion of the national reforms.

The agreement was overseen by the SADC envoy to Lesotho, Justice Dikgang Moseneke, who has been tasked with overseeing peace negotiations in the troubled kingdom.

The summoning of Mokhosi to the police comes barely a week after Metsing told a local weekly that the agreement sanctioned by SADC superseded local laws.

Metsing was responding to questions on whether he was not afraid that he would be arrested and prosecuted after families of victims of the army brutality won a constitutional case on the legality of the agreement the government entered into with the opposition.

The constitutional court ruled that clause 10 of the agreement, which said Metsing and others who were in exile with him including Mokhosi, would not be arrested and prosecuted pending finalisation of the reforms processes.

The families of Mahao, Ramahloko, Qobete, Tang and others argued that clause 10 of the agreement was unconstitutional and promoted impunity.

Both Lt. Gen. Mahao, police’s Sub Inspector Mokheseng Ramahloko, security guard Mohau Qobete and a woman called Lisebo Tang were shot dead by soldiers on different occasions.

Government spokesman Nthakeng Selinyane said the police told him that when they phoned Mokhosi his phone was answered by someone else.

“He cannot pretend to have interacted with the police because he does not even know why they called him,” Selinyane said.

“Police wanted him because the prosecution wanted him to make statements in respect to the murder of Mahao following a statement he made at the Justice Phumaphi’s commission,” he said.

DCP Mokete told a local radio station that he indeed called Mokhosi but he did not talk to him as his phone was answered by someone else.

He said they wanted his statement on what he knew about Lt Gen Mahao’s murder.

Mokhosi returned home from exile on November 25 after the government and the opposition signed an agreement brokered by Justice Moseneke.

Nkheli Liphoto

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